Charles P. Nelson (congressman)

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Charles P. "Charlie" Nelson
Charles P. Nelson (Maine Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 2nd district
In office
January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1957
Preceded byMargaret C. Smith
Succeeded byFrank M. Coffin
Personal details
BornJuly 2, 1907 (1907-07-02)
Waterville, Maine
DiedJune 8, 1962 (1962-06-09) (aged 54)
Augusta, Maine
Citizenship United States
Political partyRepublican
Alma materColby College
Harvard Law School
Military service
AllegianceUnited States United States of America
Branch/serviceUnited States Army Air Corps
Ranksecond lieutenant lieutenant colonel
Battles/warsWorld War II European Theater of Operations

Charles Pembroke "Charlie" Nelson (July 2, 1907 – June 8, 1962) was an American politician and a member of the US House of Representatives from Maine.


Born in Waterville, Maine, on July 2, 1907 Nelson was the son of Nelson, John Edward and Margaret Heath Nelson. He graduated from Cony High School in Augusta, Maine and from Colby College in Waterville. Later, he attended Harvard Law School, earning his Juris Doctor.[1]


Nelson was secretary to his father, Representative John E. Nelson. The younger Nelson engaged in the general practice of law in Augusta, Maine from 1932 to 1933, then worked as city solicitor of Augusta from 1934 to 1942. He was the chief of the State Arson Division in 1941 and 1942.

Nelson entered the military service in 1942 as a second lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He served in the armed forces until discharge in 1946 as a lieutenant colonel with two years of service in the European Theater of Operations. He remained a member of the National Guard and Reserves after leaving the military. He was a member of the State board of bar examiners from 1946 to 1948. He was also mayor of Augusta in 1947 and 1948.[2]

Elected as a Republican to the Eighty-first and to the three succeeding Congresses, Nelson served from January 3, 1949 to January 3, 1957.[3] He retired in 1957 and became a teacher at the University of Florida for two years. He was also chief trial attorney of the State highway commission in 1959, and moderator of the town of West Bath 1960.


Nelson died in Augusta, Maine on June 8, 1962 (age 54 years, 341 days). His remains were cremated,[4] and the ashes interred on family property at Georgetown, Maine.


  1. ^ "Charles P. Nelson". Pearson Education. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Charles P. Nelson". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Charles P. Nelson". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Charles P. Nelson". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 30 June 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Margaret C. Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 2nd congressional district

January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1957
Succeeded by
Frank M. Coffin